In my lesson openers I always have a "connect" in which I connect students' thinking about yesterday's lesson to today's lesson. I then have a "teach" in which I model for students the lesson of the day and also have them try it out. When I think about my modeling, I use three categories; skill, strategy, and process. I model by stating the skill to the students, then giving them a strategy in which to use the skill, followed by the process to try out the strategy.
Connect: I will say, “We have completed our text structures writing piece, now we are going to present our ideas using a presentation tool called “Prezi.”
Teach: I will say, I am going to practice the skill of using an example presentation. I am going to use the strategy of planning out the presentation I will do tomorrow. The process I will use is as follows:
2) Decide the important parts of my final draft that I wish to showcase
I will show the students my example presentation. I will show them my final draft of my writing piece and how I took the important parts (at least three) of each text structure and put them on my planning sheet.
Active Engagement: I will say, “If you collaborated about your invention with a partner, you may also collaborate about the presentation or you can choose to do the presentation on your own. Both of you must turn in the presentation planning sheet.”
Students will be given the rest of the class period to work with a partner or individually as I walk around and confer.
2nd Teach: I will interrupt their work after about 15 minutes and remind them about the two different ways I presented my important points; with paragraphs or with bullet points. I will also remind them to include creative headings (as in my example) as a demonstration of a particular text structure.
I believe that the end of the lesson should be an assessment of the days’ learning; therefore it should be independent work.
For closing today they will turn in their presentation planning sheets.